The COVID-19 pandemic has showcased the cracks in our systems. In some ways, inequity has never been so visible. One of these cracks can be seen in our health-based research and data collection practices. Race-based health data, which exposes the inequities that health crises like COVID-19 produce, is vitally important during this changing climate to ensure the protection of vulnerable and marginalized communities in Canada.Join us for a conversation about the importance of the collection and integration of race-based health data in Canada. Our special guests and witnesses will include public health professionals, researchers, community members and politicians. They will help us to understand questions like these:

  • Why is race-based data an integral part of the COVID-19 response?
  • How do we, as research and health organizations and as individuals, promote decolonizing anti-racist approaches in our data collection, analysis and use?
  • What do data policies and processes need to incorporate in order to have the potential to address the impacts of racism?
  • How do we implement these policies and processes to best drive the development of race-based data and navigate barriers in our institutions?
  • How can race-based data be used to support accountability and action that improve the health and well-being of Black, Indigenous and other racialized folks?


  • Giovanni Dappa Hosang has recently worked with Vancouver city councillors to pass motions on collecting race-based data in BC, has a long history of being a student organizer at SFU, and more recently is an organizer of the Black in BC Community Support Fund.
  • Sana Shahram is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development at UBC Okanagan, and an embedded health equity scholar with Interior Health’s Population and Public Health department.
  • Sané Dube is the policy and government relations lead with the Alliance for Healthier Communities.
  • Shannon McDonald is the chief medical officer for the First Nations Health Authority.

This event will be led by moderator and host Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, principal at Another World Lab.


Watch a recording of the event: 


July 16, 2020

12:00 - 1:15 PM


Online Event
A link and password to join the event will be sent to registrants via Eventbrite.


Registration and Password

A password to access this webinar will be sent to all registrants via email in the days and hours preceeding the event.

Technology requirements

This workshop will be presented in a participatory webinar format. To engage fully you will need:

  • A laptop, computer, or smartphone
  • A webcam
  • A microphone
  • Speakers or headphones

Protecting your privacy

To ensure that we are using online meeting technology in a privacy-conscious way, we are following best practices for this online event series:

  • We will only circulate the meeting link to those who are registered for the event
  • We will password protect the meeting
  • We will enable end-to-end encryption
  • We will not use attention tracking
  • We will lock the meeting at 12:10pm
  • We will ask that participants use their first and last name as their display name on the webinar, so we can check incoming participants against the event registration list

To protect your own privacy we suggest that:

  • You use a unique email address to log into the webinar. This is so that the webinar platform can’t cross-reference your profile with the rest of your digital profiles under your email address.
  • We suggest you do not use your Facebook profile to log into the webinar. This is so that the webinar platform can’t cross-reference you with your Facebook account.
  • We remind you that whatever you say in the webinar is public and recorded, so please do not share sensitive information about yourself or others, and do not say anything you do not wish to enter the public domain.

To protect the privacy of others we ask that:

  • You do not record or photograph yourself, other participants, or the hosts during the webinar, unless permission is requested and given.

We also ask that you respect our community guidelines:

  • Be as present as possible (turn video on, put away phone, close/mute tabs).
  • Thoughtful questions are welcome in the chat throughout the session. If your question is for a particular speaker, type “@name” at the beginning.
  • Don’t assume pronouns/gender/knowledge based on someone’s name or video image. We can refer to people using the usernames they provide!
  • Step up, step back: if you’ve asked a question or shared a comment, ensure that new voices are heard before you contribute again.
  • Practice self-care: if you need to get up or take a break, please feel free.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility or privacy, feel free to connect with us at